Game review - Mario Sports Mix Nintendo Wii

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IT’S all very well getting games to review, but when your little boys mither you to get them one and you have to review it for them, it can be a tad challenging.

I could wax lyrical about blowing the smithereens out of something Call Of Duty style or gunning a supercar in PGR but when it comes to reviewing Mario and his buddies fiddling around playing basketball or the like, my ink dries up.

I could just leave you with my son Jacob’s review. At seven his effort would read something like this: “It is good.”

However, I fear the nice people at Blockbuster who provided me with this game to review wouldn’t be overly impressed!

So here goes ... having watched my daft lads playing the game for a week and a half almost non-stop I can safely say Mario Sports Mix - just out on Nintendo Wii and DS - is a cracking little game.

With a tagline of Get Ready To Mix It Up, the game features four sports - Basketball, Volleyball, Dodgeball and Hockey and features all the usual characters, Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, Waluigi, Bowser, Donkey Kong etc, all with varying power, speed and technical ability and their own special moves.

Possibly the most bizarre special move is Daisy’s - she makes a small garden appear where her aim is. The garden limits movement of other characters. After she is finished building up energy, Daisy throws the item into her goal.

As usual you can play with any of your own Mii characters and their are rafts of unlockable costumes and tonnes of fantastic courts to play on.

You can play versus or co-op and can challenge others online.

My lads’ favourite is basketball. Basketball is played in a similar way as in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. The coins that the players gather along the way are added to their score. Also, there is a shot clock on the bottom-left hand corner of the screen so the characters can shoot within the time limit, just like in a professional NBA game.

Each shot inside the 2-point line is worth two points, while shots outside the line and special shots give the team three points. Collected coins also add one point for each coin to the total score (for example, if a special shot is made and there are seven coins, then the team receives ten points).

Players are also able to defend, block, and make dunks in this game in a similar way as the real game. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, then sudden death commences. With this extra period in this sport, no game ends in a draw.

Mario Sports Mix is available to rent or buy from Blockbuster, Wigan Lane, Wigan.